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Berkley Alfred FASE

Regimental number5639
Place of birthBrunswick Victoria
SchoolFoster State School, South Gippsland, Victoria
Other trainingNil
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
AddressSouth Road, Moorabbin, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Henry Robert Lewis Fase, 31 Hamilton Street, Gardenvale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in 64th City of Melbourne Regt (Citizen Forces) and Royal Australian Artillery.
Enlistment date1 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death20.7
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
23
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry Robert Lewis and Jane Ellen FASE, 'Waverley', Gordon Street, Brighton Beach, Victoria. Native of Brunswick
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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